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Australia

Police Find '3D-Printed Submachine Gun' Factory in Australia

23 November 2016

Guardian, Australian Associated Press

A highly sophisticated weapons production facility using 3D printers and computers to make machine guns has been uncovered in a series of raids across the Gold Coast. Police say they found four homemade automatic submachine guns, silencers, ammunition, a replica handgun, a .45 calibre pistol and equipment used to make weapons at two Nerang businesses, as well as a pill press. The equipment used to make the weapons included computers, a 3D printer, drill presses and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Police Raid 'First of its Kind' Illegal Gun Factory in Australia

23 November 2016

Brisbane Times (Queensland)

Police say sophisticated gun factory found during raids at the Gold Coast on Friday is the first of its kind in Queensland. Officers executed search warrants on four residential properties and two industrial sheds finding drug labs, a weapons factory, drugs, guns, ammunition and 3D printer. The guns found included four "uzi-style" submachine guns, three silencers and two handguns while drugs seized included steroids, cannabis, ecstasy and amphetamines. Five people... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Brisbane Times (Queensland)

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Cameroon

New Gun Law in Cameroon Bans Homemade Firearms [FR]

23 November 2016

237 Online (Cameroon)

[Translated summary: The National Defence and Security Committee of Cameroon has examined a new firearm and ammunition bill. The new regulations include the prohibition of homemade firearms and mandatory marking for better tracing.] L'Economie du projet de loi examinée à la Commission de la défense nationale et de la sécurité. La Commission de la défense nationale et de la sécurité a, vendredi dernier, en présence du ministre de la Défense, examiné le... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Trump's Victory Has Fearful Minorities Buying Up Guns - NBC

23 November 2016

NBC News (USA)

After Donald Trump's win, Yolanda Scott is upgrading the crowbar she keeps in her purse to a small-caliber pistol. Scott, an African-American, is one of many minorities who have been flocking to gun stores to protect themselves, afraid Trump's victory will incite more hate crimes. "You feel that racists now feel like they can attack us just because the president is doing it," one gun shop owner told NBC News. Gun store owners told NBC News that since November 8... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Pentagon Beats Trump to Allow Private Guns on Military Bases

23 November 2016

The Trace (USA)

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump vowed to use his executive authority to immediately scrap a longstanding rule that bars military personnel from carrying their own firearms on bases and at recruiting centers. Late last week, the Department of Defense took its own steps to loosen restrictions on private gun carry in new rules issued by the Pentagon. A November 18 directive, approved by Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, says base commanders "may grant... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

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United States

How America's Gun Violence Research Ban Hurt Science

23 November 2016

Huffington Post (USA)

In 1996, Congress passed the Dickey Amendment, effectively banning government research on gun violence. But these days, former Republican representative Jay Dickey sees his namesake amendment for what it was: A mistake. "I wish we had started the proper research and kept it going all this time," Dickey told The Huffington Post last year. "I have regrets." Now, a research letter published as part of a series on firearm violence in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine... (GunPolicy.org)

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Belgium

Firearm Registration Up 100% to 747,888 Guns in Belgium [FR]

22 November 2016

Derniere Heure (Brussels)

[Translated summary: In five years, applications for firearm possession in Belgium increased by 100%. The Walloon region is the most armed with 347,113 firearms, followed by Flanders with 324,580. Brussells has 76,205 registered firearms. According to the authorities, the main reason given by new applicants is sport shooting.] Il y a plus d'armes en Wallonie qu'en Flandre. Phénomène de société, crainte inspirée par le terrorisme, réaction à une législation... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Derniere Heure (Brussels)

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United States,Mexico

Traffickers Flood Mexico with Easily Bought American Guns [ES]

22 November 2016

Vice News (US)

[Translated summary: Although Mexico has some of the strictest gun legislation in the world, with only one shop where guns can be bought legally, there are more than 15 million guns in circulation and 85% are illegal. One of the main reasons is the proximity of the USA, where guns are easily available. Almost 100,000 Mexicans died of gun wounds in the last decade.] Es casi la media noche del 11 de octubre y la policía recibe una llamada de emergencia alertando de una... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vice News (US)

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United States

US National Institute of Justice Encourages 'Smart Guns' [ES]

22 November 2016

Actualidad Gadget (Spain)

[Translated summary: Although 'smart guns' are already on sale in the US, the National Institute of Justice has just created specific regulations for this kind of firearms. The specifications are not mandatory, they are designed to boost the growth of gun safety technology.] Aunque parezca que el desarrollo de sistemas de inteligencia artificial básicamente se está llevando a cabo por empresas como Google, Microsoft, Amazon, IBM… lo cierto es que cada vez hay más... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Pentagon Relaxes Gun Carrying on US Military Premises [FR]

22 November 2016

Le Journal de Montréal

[Translated summary: The Pentagon has softened the rules that restricted military personnel carrying guns, as a consequence of a shooting in Chattanooga that left five soldiers dead. According to the new rules, military officers will be able to carry a private gun on their base or place of work but they will need authorisation from their superiors.] Le Pentagone a assoupli les règles restreignant le port d'armes des militaires sur le territoire américain, une... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Arms Dealers Say Trump Election Will Likely Slow Gun Sales

22 November 2016

USA Today

On Nov. 9, the day after Donald Trump had been elected president, a customer walked into the Phoenix Tactical gun shop here not to make a purchase but to cancel one. The customer had put a Glock pistol on layaway, but wanted to void the purchase because Hillary Clinton had lost the election and a pro-gun Donald Trump had emerged victorious, Phoenix Tactical owner Bryan Bryner said. "He said: 'The threat is gone,' " Bryner said. That change of heart reflects a new... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Private Gun Carrying Rules Eased on US Military Premises [ES]

22 November 2016

La Información (Dominican Republic)

[Translated Summary: After a fatal shooting at a recruiting centre, the Pentagon has softened its regulation of gun carrying by military personnel in American territory. The new regulation will allow commanders to authorize military personnel to carry "personal firearms (hidden or in sight) for protection and when the firearm is not linked to any official duty or activity."] El Pentágono flexibilizó las reglas que restringían el porte de armas para los militares en... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: La Información (Dominican Republic)

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United States

Women Are Gearing Up! More Women Getting Guns in US [ES]

22 November 2016

Telemundo (USA)

[Translated Summary: According to an American news channel, more women are applying for background checks; gun shop owners also note that more and more women are purchasing firearms. The owner of a shooting range says 80% of the students are women. In addition, gun advocates point to statistics showing that, every year, 200,000 women are using firearms to defend themselves from a sexual assault.] A pesar de que hoy en día los controles para la compra de armas son más... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telemundo (USA)

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United States

American Women Buying More Guns Than Ever, Claims Dealer

22 November 2016

Opposing Views (Canada)

National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NCIS) numbers indicate that 2016 is on pace to have the highest number of background checks for guns on record. Up until the end of October, NCIS conducted 22,206,203 firearm background checks, which is less than 1 million away from the record year of 2015, which ran 23,141,970 firearm background checks. With two more months left to report, 2016 will likely surpass 2015 when the November numbers come through. NCIS... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Opposing Views (Canada)

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United States

Florida Airport Screeners Report Seized, Loaded Guns Up 55%

22 November 2016

ABC News (USA)

TAMPA -- Security screeners at Tampa International Airport are seeing record numbers of deadly weapons and guns coming through. It's a growing problem for them and you when it comes to wait times in lines. "We're number one in the state for the number of deadly dangerous items that were finding" says TSA's Federal Security Director Lee Kair. Kair tells us some items are obvious weapons, but some are hard to spot, like lipstick that's really a knife, or credit card... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

Background Checks May Affect Suicide Prevention Efforts in US

22 November 2016

The Trace (USA)

There is one question Carol Runyan considers vitally important to ask the parents of suicidal teens: Is there a gun in the house? Runyan, the director of Program for Injury Prevention, Education, and Research at the Colorado School of Public Health, knows the presence of a firearm in a home increases the odds that someone who lives there will take his or her own life. Guns are reliably lethal — research indicates that suicide attempts involving a firearm result in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace (USA)

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United States

US Gun Owners Plan to Eliminate Curbs on Ownership - NYT

22 November 2016

New York Times

HOUSTON — Before the election, gun rights activists were so worried Hillary Clinton would win the presidency that some of them bought extra ammunition and guns, fearing a crackdown on certain weapons, bullets and magazines. They're not worried now. Instead, since the election of Donald J. Trump, gun advocates have been rejoicing, crowing about their political clout and plotting ways to eliminate many remaining curbs on gun ownership and use as they await one of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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Uganda

Uganda Destroys 6,000 Illegal Guns

21 November 2016

K FM (Uganda)

In an effort to reduce the amount of illicit arms, the government has today destroyed 6000 small arms and weapons collected by police in a nationwide exercise. In his speech during the exercise in Bukasa, Wakiso District, the state minister for internal affairs Mario Obigo Kania said such arms pose a major security threat if poorly managed and stored. He also added that improving human security shouldn't be a responsibility of only the security agencies but also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: K FM (Uganda)

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United States

After Trump's Victory, Gun Sellers Rely On 'Black Friday' [FR]

21 November 2016

Les Echos (France)

[Translated summary: After the election of Donald Trump, one of the main American gun manufacturers, Smith & Wesson, saw its stock price fall by 15%. The reason is that gun enthusiasts were buying more firearms in case Hillary Clinton won. Now, sellers expect to recover during the 'Black Friday' but estimate that they have little chance of repeating the record numbers of last year.] Il y a quelques semaines encore, nous étions dans une Amérique démocrate, ou le... (GunPolicy.org)

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Serbia

Balkan Gun Trafficking Fears Grow Amid Major Security Alerts

20 November 2016

Irish Times (Dublin)

Serbia is urgently checking state arms depots after scores of guns were found to be missing from a military warehouse, fuelling concern over Balkan weapons smuggling amid a series of major security scares around the region. Serbia's defence ministry said military intelligence, military police and other agencies were investigating the disappearance of weaponry including 70 semi-automatic pistols, five automatic rifles and two cases of ammunition. Last week Serbia... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Irish Times (Dublin)

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